STREAMING LIVE HERE AND ON C-SPAN 2: Al Qaeda 3.0: Bergen and the bin Laden Watchers

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Four years ago, Osama bin Laden chronicler and CNN and New America Foundation terrorism expert PETER BERGEN, The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib author and NYU Center on Law and Security Director KAREN GREENBERG, and I organized a day long mega-meeting of the world’s best and brightest al Qaeda watchers. “Al Qaeda 2.0” (edited volume from conference here) assembled Western and Non-Western journalists including Yosri Fouda, Hamid Mir, Rohan Gunaratna and others who had interviewed the chiefs of al Qaeda or those who had masterminded the 9/11 terrorist attacks — and those trying to catch them like Richard Clarke and Michael Scheuer.
I am really pleased to say that populist writer and opinion leader Abdel Bari Atwan will be with us in this conference this year. Four years ago, the U.S. government would not allow him a visa because he was considered too hot given his political views about the so-called “war on terror.” The State Department did arrange this time for him to have a visa — and we think some progress has been made over there in Foggy Bottom.
We are back with an update — AL QAEDA 3.0 — which the New America Foundation and NYU Center on Law and Security are co-sponsoring.
This meeting takes place today and will STREAM LIVE over the blog and run live from 9 am until 5:15 pm on C-Span 2 today.
I will be moderating the meeting along with Greenberg and Bergen. Both an audio file and video file of the entire event will later be posted on my blog.
Special thanks to Senator Chuck Hagel and his staff, as well as the staff of the U.S. Senate Rules Committee for accommodating our rather large request of having this meeting all day in one of the most dramatic and historic rooms in the U.S. Senate — the Russell Senate Office Building Caucus Room. It is where the Titanic hearings, the Watergate hearings, and even the Harry Truman-led 1940 war profiteering hearings took place.
Here is the general schedule of today’s event:


The New America Foundation/American Strategy Program and the New York University Center on Law and Security cordially invite you to…
AL Qaeda 3.0: The So-Called “War on Terror” After the Bush Administration
Friday, 10 October 2008
8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Caucus Room, 325 Russell Senate Office Building
United States Senate, Washington, D.C.
RSVP directly to Steve Clemons at clemons@newamerica.net
8:45 am REGISTRATION AND COFFEE
9:00 am WELCOMING REMARKS
Steve Clemons
Director, American Strategy Program, New America Foundation
Publisher, The Washington Note
Karen Greenberg
Director, Center on Law and Security, New York University
9:15 am PANEL I: THE FUTURE OF AL QAEDA
Frances Fragos Townsend
Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism Advisor to President Bush 2004-2008
Bruce Hoffman
Georgetown University
Steve Coll
New America Foundation and The New Yorker
Peter Bergen
New America Foundation & CNN
10:45 am PANEL II: THE WAR OF IDEAS
Lawrence Wright
NYU Center on Law and Security and The New Yorker
Daniel Kimmage
Author, “Iraqi Insurgent Media: The War of Images and Ideas
Eliza Griswold
New America Foundation
12:00 pm PANEL III: THE TALIBAN AND AL QAEDA IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN
Seth Jones
RAND Corporation
Christine Fair
RAND Corporation
Nir Rosen
New America Foundation/American Strategy Program and NYU Center on Law and Security
1:15 pm PANEL IV: AL QAEDA IN THE ARAB WORLD AND EUROPE
Abdel Bari Atwan
Al Quds Al Arabi
Brian Fishman
Combating Terrorism Center, West Point
Mohammed Hafez
Naval Postgraduate School
Thomas Hegghammer
Harvard University & Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI)
2:30 pm PANEL V: COUNTER-RADICALIZATION: WHAT WORKS?
Christopher Boucek
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Zachary Abuza
Simmons College
Kenneth Ballen
Terror Free Tomorrow
3:45 PANEL VI: COUNTERTERRORISM AND AMERICAN SECURITY
Philip Mudd
National Security Branch, FBI
Marc Sageman
New York Police Department
Mitchell Silber
Intelligence Division’s Analytic and Cyber Units, New York Police
Michael Sheehan
NYU Center on Law and Security and former NYC Deputy Police Commissioner

Joseph Zogby

Chief Counsel to Senator Richard Durbin
Staff Director, Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, Senate Judiciary Committee
Former Special Counsel on Post-9/11 Discrimination, U.S. Department of Justice.
5:15 ADJOURNMENT
RSVP to clemons@newamerica.net

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3 comments on “STREAMING LIVE HERE AND ON C-SPAN 2: Al Qaeda 3.0: Bergen and the bin Laden Watchers

  1. Mr.Murder says:

    Radicalization’s best traction is shaped around a narrative of victimization. Who exaclty speaks for the wealth inequities of OPEC states? What kind of voice does anyone have if they don’t own or know people in Diebold?
    Those make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.
    One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

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  2. Don Bacon says:

    Mr. Murder,
    You’re taking your eye off the terrorist ball and that is displaying poor citizenship. The USA is in an extended “elevated” terrorist alert. That’s what we should worry about. Just yesterday on a California freeway I was in traffic that was delayed for twenty minutes for “enhanced” inspections, with all trucks being subject to cargo inspection by agents and dogs. A new (to me) appearance was made by some dudes in casual clothing wearing black ballistic vests with “FEDERAL POLICE” stenciled on the back. Federal police? On our freeways? (Well, not so free.) Who knew? This is serious.
    So let’s try and focus on that crippled guy in the cave, if you don’t mind. We need to think about counter-radicalization that works. Our “leaders” can handle the other petty economic stuff. I trust them completely.

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  3. Mr.Murder says:

    Hate to appear and become one of those “sky is falling!” types,
    but the market’s sky is dropping into the 8000pts elevation level.
    The deficit is too large for the gov’t to do what it must re: maintaining certain service sectors. With the dollar worth about half what it was when Bush took office, we’re needing more dollars than ever to try and fix things and begin this Bond market increase.
    That’s the official stamp of a recession.
    As the markets begin to lose some liquidity, what effect will that have re: terrorism?
    It seems that a market sell off preceded the worst terrorist attack on American soil ever.
    How is it that these major finance levers were that much in tune with the actual security situation?
    What was that Mark Felt said, “Follow the Money?”

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